Mr. President, If You Were a True Leader…

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From John Pavlovitz:

I also know how you spent your first day in office. You spent it angrily Tweeting and hastily arranging press conferences. You spent it shutting down websites and pasting up photo boards. You spent it dispatching your apologists and cronies to try and discredit us. You spent it verbally assaulting the very people you are charged with caring for. You spent it spitting venom at millions of Americans who were being America, and by doing so— you proved us right.

You did this because you’re simply not a true leader, Mr. President.

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Post-Inauguration, Post-Sanity

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From The Big Empty:

That’s a toxic brew that even a sociopath like Richard Nixon seldom dared to drink. There is also zero consistency in how Trumpy interacts with his syncophants. He will change his stance without warning and publically announce that change literally without telling even his closest confidants.

This kind of management by chaos will (and probably already is) quickly get old with “subordinates” like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell.

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Beginning of the Trump Years

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From John Scalzi at Whatever:

Trump won the presidency. He’s an incompetent. There’s nothing to be done about that now, so we have to get on with keeping the damage to a bare minimum. I don’t feel good about that, but I don’t feel bad about making the decision that for the next few years, some portion of my life will be spent loudly opposing bad governance and pissant authoritarianism. In fact, I feel just fine about that. I would be ashamed to do otherwise.

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Kellyanne Conway Threatens Chuck Todd Live On Air

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From Tommy Christopher:

Buried beneath Conway’s audacious lies, though, was a truly frightening moment from earlier in the interview that has gone largely unnoticed. In a continuation of the Trump administration’s campaign to intimidate and control the press, Conway actually threatened Todd’s access, live and in front of millions:

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New President Tries to Mend Fences at the CIA — and Fails

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From Dorian de Wind, Military Affairs Columnist at The Moderate Voice:

Of course, this president would never apologize, but he did travel to CIA headquarters in Langley Virginia to talk to the members of the CIA.

He did stand in front of the hallowed “CIA Memorial Wall,” a white Vermont marble Wall carved with 117 stars, each one representing a member who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of his or her country.

Speaking in front of that Wall, he did commend the officers for their dedicated and dangerous work and he did promise to give the intelligence community his full support — “one thousand percent.”

But the president, standing in front of that Hallowed Wall honoring intelligence officers killed while serving the US, also:

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Relax! President Trump Is A Man of the Bible

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From Joe Hagstrom at MadMikesAmerica:

The only thing I think I’ve ever disagreed with my good friend, Vice President Pence on was his statement that he’s a Christian first. Then an American, Then a republican, The fact is, and all we good republicans know this, is that the three are one in the same. Equally important. Akin to the Holy Trinity. And this is why we republicans love President Trump. He lives by Biblical principles of faith, family and militaristic patriotism.

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Activism: Time to Decide

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From tengrain at Mock Paper Scissors:

O.K. the Russian Puppet, Trump has been sworn in as President of the United States. Obama is a private citizen. The men and women living on the street are still cold and hungry. Your doctor bills, mortgage, rent and cable bill still need to be paid on time.

In short little has changed since Thursday except now the Russian Puppet, Trump can implement his “plan” to steal everything that isn’t nailed down and sell off the rest.

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The Gatherings

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From nojo at Stinque:

We’re not sure what we expected. We’re not sure we expected anything. Coming of age in the Seventies, in liberal college-town Eugene, “protests” were such a tired tool that we mercilessly mocked each week’s low-attendance chantfest. “Moral preening” was not an expression in currency at the time, but it would have fit.

So we woke up Saturday morning, saw the initial reports of the crowd in DC: Good for them. No, really: It already looked more packed — and clearly more joyous — than the Inauguration the day before, and symbols matter a lot these days. Just ask the Hamilton cast.

And then we saw a video of the Denver crowd.

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Submit the Paris Climate Agreement to Congress for Proper Treaty Ratification

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From libertarian Michael A. LaFerrara at Principled Perspectives:

A column by Paul Mulshine, Donald Trump talks to a Jersey guy about a long-overdue debate on climate change, point to a hopeful new approach to climate change from the new Donald Trump Administration. You never know with the erratic Trump, who, as the Christian Science Monitor reports, went from the ridiculous claim that global warming is “a hoax fabricated by the Chinese” to being “open to upholding the international agreement to reduce greenhouse gases.”

But as Mulshine reports, Trump has consulted a top skeptic of the theory of CO2-caused climate catastrophe.

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